Klimkin: Ukraine open to military cooperation with Turkey in Black Sea
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said that Russia, which breaks all international laws, can be stopped with broader cooperation and a strategy, adding that Kyiv and Ankara will participate in security and military cooperation in the Black Sea as the Ukrainian top diplomat visited Turkey to meet with his counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu last Friday, according to Daily Sabah.
"We have to stay together against everyone who breaks international law," the Ukrainian foreign minister said in an exclusive interview with the publication following a private meeting with Cavusoglu where the two officials reportedly focused on Russia's aggressive policies in the region, the annexation of Crimea and the situation of Crimean Tatars.
"Turkey and Ukraine have to increase cooperation on security issues. There is the Black Sea between us. We have to cooperate more effectively on politics, economy and people-to-people links. Turkey is a unique partner for Ukraine. Our partnership is a cornerstone of security in the Black Sea," said Klimkin.
The Ukrainian top diplomat believes that Russia’s policies cannot be sustained as the Kremlin has repeatedly broken its political and legal commitments. "What is going on in Ukraine and Syria is a challenge and threat by Russia to global security," said Klimkin.
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Ahead of Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s visit to Kyiv and a planned visit by President Petro Poroshenko to Turkey in the near future, Klimkin said that it is "definitely" possible that any kind of security and defense cooperation may be set up between the two countries.
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